John Hellmann


John Hellmann

Professor, Department of English, The Ohio State University at Lima

402-E Galvin Hall
The Ohio State University at Lima
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804

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Areas of Expertise

  • Film studies
  • Twentieth-century British and American literature
  • Post-1945 American Literature, Film, and Culture


  • Ph.D., Kent State University

John Hellmann is Professor of English and a core member of the Film Studies faculty. He is author of three books on post-World War II American literature, film and culture: Fables of Fact: The New Journalism as New Fiction (University of Illinois Press, 1981), American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam (Columbia University Press, 1986) and The Kennedy Obsession: The American Myth of JFK (Columbia University Press, 1997). His essays have appeared in such journals as American Quarterly, Genre, Critique and American Literary History.

Hellmann has been the recipient of a year-long grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and has been awarded Senior Fulbright Lectureships to teach in 1985 at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and during 1992-93 at the University of Bonn (Germany). He has also taught as an invited lecturer at the University of Wales, Swansea. Most recently, Hellmann is the author of two commissioned essays: "Kennedy and Postwar Intellectual Culture," in The Cambridge Companion to John F. Kennedy (2015); and "The New Hollywood Cinema and After" in The Cambridge History of Postmodern Literature (2016). He is currently writing a book on cinema and the 1960s.

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